Nique Love Rhodes is a hip-hop artist/performer, record producer, social entrepreneur, and community advocate from Detroit, Michigan with the mission to set souls on fire and contribute positive vibes in the world one song at a time. Inspired by artists such as Bob Marley and U2, Nique Love Rhodes creates music that elevates positive vibrations within the universal collective conscience, promotes social consciousness and social responsibility, and inspires people to affect positive change in the world.
With her self-released debut album, Against All Odds, Nique infuses her songs with messages of hope, unity, spirituality, and calls to action for social change as seen in songs such as “Love Heals All” and “Rise Up,” which was licensed for use by the NFL Network and the Detroit Lions. In 2013, Nique was nominated for two Detroit Music Awards. Since this time, she has performed at many major festivals and headlined venues including the North by Northeast Music Festival (Toronto), African World Fest (Detroit), the Nuyorican Poets Café (New York City), and the South by Southwest Music Festival (Texas).
Her music is galvanized by her bold, energetic, and empowering live show. Backed by her band The NLR Experience, her interactive shows fuse hip-hop music with soul, rock, and jazz to create a dynamic live musical experience. This is sonically captured in the band’s most recent project, a live album titled The NLR Experience which is currently available on all streaming platforms.
While music with a positive message has been at the forefront Nique’s brand, she extends her passion to initiatives that foster opportunity and advocacy to youth, and uplifts the Detroit community. She recently launched her nonprofit, Rise Up Higher, which uses music as a tool for social good. Under this Rise Up Higher, she and her band offers character development workshops and music lessons for youth, perform and speak at school assemblies, and advocates for various social justice causes within the community. In 2015, Nique was recognized by the State of Michigan as “Youth Mentor of the Year.” Nique is also the co-founder of D.Cipher, a music mastermind collective dedicated to advancing the Detroit music economy through collaboration and partnerships.